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#ThursdayTip: How To Add Power Words To Your Headlines

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want you to think about the value of adding power words to your headlines.

Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader. An eye-catching headline is a key factor in getting readers to click through to your content.

An attention-getting headline will capture the reader’s attention right away and compel them to want to find out more. Clear, concise, and original content is important, but words that appeal to their emotions is the magic ingredient to giving your visitors a reason to want to dive deeper.
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“Trigger” words can entice readers to your content, but use these words with caution because they can also trigger skepticism and distrust. Make sure your content carries through on the promise in the headline and always avoid click-baiting.  Always craft a headline that links to authentic and relevant content.

Your to-do list for today:

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PicPlayPost

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending PicPlayPost – a free app for combining multiple videos and photos into a collage.

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Features

  • Full editing capabilities
  • Create up to 30 minute videos
  • Trim, speed up, slow down videos
  • Add multiple songs
  • Supports all formats (photos, videos, Gifs, live photos) and ratios (9:16 for IG stories, TikTok and Snap, 16:9 for YouTube)

It’s available for both iOS and Android.

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Write Better Headlines With These 9 Winning Formulas

“The purpose of a title is to get potential readers to read the first line of your content.” – David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy, the original Mad Man of advertising, once famously said, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

Ogilvy’s remark reminds us never to underestimate the power of the humble headline.

Even in this digital age, headlines count.

Think about how many headlines you read every day while searching online or browsing social media. What makes you actually click on an article or post to read it?

Quite often it’s the headline.

According to Copyblogger, on average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest.

Your headline is the first (perhaps only) impression you make on a prospective reader.

And yet many content creators treat their titles as an afterthought. The good news is that writing captivating headlines is a skill you can learn and hone to perfection.

Over the years, I have developed some tried and tested formulas for writing headlines which compel readers to click and read more.

In this post, you will learn nine secrets to writing great headlines that work every time.

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There’s no absolute rule on how long your title should be, but try not to make it any longer than it needs to be.

As a rough guide aim for 6-10 words or 50-60 characters.  It’s worth remembering that when the length of your headline exceeds 62 characters, search engines ignore the remainder of the headline (which may decrease your click-through rate).

CoSchedule has some good information on optimal headline length here: What Really Is the Best Headline Length?

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People love number-style articles. Our brains are attracted to numbers because they automatically organize information into a logical order.

Several research studies have shown that headlines with numbers tend to generate 73% more social shares and engagement (interestingly, research shows that headlines that contain odd numbers have a higher click-through rate than headlines with even numbers).

When adding numbers to your title, use the numeral, not the word. Web users scan headlines and using a numeral makes your title more scannable.

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Question headlines have two benefits. Firstly, they leverage a reader’s curiosity.   Secondly, a question headline boosts your SEO efforts.

Increasingly, people are using voice search on their smartphones, tablets or voice assistants (like the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices) to search for information on the Internet. It’s estimated that by 2020, 50% percent of all searches will likely be voice searches. In essence, voice searches are largely about answering questions, not about focusing on individual keywords.

Question headlines help future-proof your content for SEO. To quote NewsCred, “If you’re a marketer, ‘What’s the Alexa strategy?’ will be a question you’ll be expected to answer.”

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It’s important to include keywords in your titles if you want to rank higher for particular search terms. Adding them at the start of your headline can have a greater SEO-impact than if you include them at the end of a title.

When researching keywords I like to turn to Google Related Searches. You’ve probably noticed that Google displays related search results at the bottom of the first page when you type in your Google search query. This is a helpful resource as it returns ideas that are relevant to your topic based on user interest and contextual words.

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Personalizing your title by adding a “You” or “Yours” makes your headline more effective since it speaks to your readers’ concerns and sounds more conversational. It’s important to use the words and language your audience actually uses. If you’re not sure what that language is, use social media as a listening tool to find out.

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All great headlines are benefit-driven. David Ogilvy said that the headlines which work best are those that promise the reader a benefit. Keep the benefit upfront and specific in your title. Will your readers learn something new? Are you offering actionable steps for them to take?

Including words like tips, ways, strategies, etc. in your headline promises your readers that they will know more and do more after they have read your post. Be sure you deliver on that promise. Ask yourself: “As a reader, what would I expect to read if I clicked through to this post?”

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Research by CoSchedule found that content with emotional value gets shared significantly more than content that contains little emotional value. Emotion is a key driver for making people click and share your content, with positive emotions driving more clicks and shares than negative or neutral content.

If you want to test this theory for yourself, plug your headline into the Advanced Marketing Institute’s Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer. This tool scores the EMV of your headline with a breakdown of why it scored that value. A perfect score would be 100%, but don’t despair if yours doesn’t match up. According to the Institute, “most professional copywriters’ headlines will have 30%-40% EMV Words in their headlines, while the most gifted copywriters will have 50%-75% EMV words in headlines.”

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All words are not created equal. Although I’m no fan of hyped-up phrases, the judicious use of power words in your headline will grab a reader’s attention fast.

Try reading the title of this post, omitting the adjective “Winning”, and it’s not quite so compelling. The key here is to make sure the choice of word is justified. Don’t say your solution is “easy” if it clearly involves a lot of work. Download a list of 90 headline power words here.

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By nature we are curious beings, so leverage that curiosity in your titles. Learn from the masters of the headline craft, Buzzfeed and Upworthy. A word of caution here—when using this formula, never resort to click-baiting. Always craft a headline that links to authentic and relevant content.

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Test out the suggestions in this post next time you sit down to write a piece of content. There is no excuse to settle for a “good enough” headline. Keep a swipe file handy for inspiration, adding to it every time you see a great headline. The more you practice, the more skilled you will become as a headline writer.

Do let me know what your favorite headline formula is. Which headlines work best for your audience? Share your best tips with readers in the comments below.


This post first published  Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

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#ThursdayTip: How To Build Your Email List

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want you to think about the value of creating and growing a list of email subscribers. 

With the explosion of social media marketing in recent years, the traditional email format may appear outdated. But nothing could be further from the truth.  Even with the pervasiveness of new technology, email still remains a persuasive digital marketing channel for building awareness, boosting acquisition, and increasing conversion.

4 Reasons You Should Build An Email List

1. Email marketing helps you build relationships and credibility

People like to do business with those they know, like and trust. Email is direct, making it more personal and personalized than social media marketing. Email gives people a way to easily contact you with their questions.

2. Email marketing keeps you top of mind

Did you know that at least 91% of consumers check their email on a daily basis? While you can go for a few days without checking social media, most people check their email several times a day.

3. Email marketing is inexpensive

Email is an inexpensive way to reach people who are interested in hearing from you and communicating with them regularly.

4. You own your list

Unlike social media which is subject to change, your list is yours. in the words of Ann Handley, email is the only place where people (not algorithms) are in control. With social and other digital channels — Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, paid search, organic search — someone or something else decides who sees your content and when and where they see it.

5. Email marketing converts better than social media

A study by McKinsey & Company revealed that email is a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media. People who buy products marketed through email spend 138% more than those who do not receive email offers.

Bottom line — ignoring email as part of your marketing strategy means you are missing out on potential business opportunities.

Take Action: One of the best ways to build your list of subscribers is to offer something of value up front. This email incentive known as an “opt-in offer” or “lead magnet” is something you are willing to give away for free which requires people to provide an email address to download. Check out this list of 15 ways to create your first lead magnet.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Hype Type

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending video text animator Hype Type.

Hype Type is an iOS app that lets you add moving text and typography over images. It’s a super useful tool for Instagram Stories.

Hype Type also provides easy-to-use editing tools for speeding up, slowing down, flipping, or reversing your videos.

Once you’re happy with how your image looks, export it for sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you want to showcase your motion typography-enhanced photo or video.

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#ThursdayTip: How to Create Twitter Moments

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to create Twitter Moments.

Twitter Moments are curated stories about what’s happening around the world—powered by Tweets. It’s easy to create your own story with Twitter Moments.

There are three ways to begin creating your own Moment via twitter.com.

You can access Moments through the Moments tab, your profile page, or through a Tweet detail.

Note: Moment creation is only available on twitter.com. It is no longer possible to create a Moment from your Twitter for iOS or Android app. 

To get started from the Moments tab follow these instructions:

From the Moments tab, click the Create new Moment button.

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Click the Title your Moment field to give your Moment a name.

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Click the Add a description field to type in a description for your Moment.

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Choose Tweets to add to your Moment

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From the Add Tweets to your Moment section at the bottom of the page, quickly access content to select Tweets from Tweets I’ve liked, Tweets by account, Tweet link, and Tweet search prompts. To add a Tweet to your Moment, click on the checkmark.

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Click Set cover to choose a cover image from one of your selected Tweets, or to upload an image from your computer.

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Drag your selected image to set a Mobile preview, click the Next button, then click the Save button.

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As you can see this image is cut off in mobile preview, so I might want to change it for something that will show up better on a mobile device.  To change your selected image, hover over the cover image and click on Change cover media.

Once you have Tweets in your collection, click on the up or down arrow buttons to the right of a Tweet to move it up or down.

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Click on the delete (x) button to remove a Tweet from your Moment.

Click the Finish later button at the top of the page to save a draft.When you are ready to make your Moment live, click on the Publish button at the top of the page.

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You have the option to share Moments privately, making the Moment available to only those whom you share a link with.
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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Crop Video

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is video editor crop.video.

With this tool, you can turn landscape video into cropped vertical or square video for optimised viewing on social media.  Use it to adjust each shot separately, remove unwanted shots at the begining and end of your video and add subtitles or your logo.

With the free version of Crop Video, you can export one shot without a watermark, and the size, length, and quality of your exported video are limited.

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#ThursdayTip: How to Add GIFS to Your Tweets

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to add GIFS to your tweets. 

Want to add variety to your tweets and help them stand out? Try adding GIFs.

Here’s how

From the Tweet compose box, click the GIF icon to search for and select a GIF from the GIF library.

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When you choose a GIF, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size.

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Click Tweet to post.

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Notes

  • GIF attachments do not count towards the character limit in a Tweet.
  • Animated GIFs can’t be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF in a Tweet.
  • Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.
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Monday Morning Cool Tool: AutoDraw

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is AutoDraw  – an online drawing tool by Google.

AutoDraw pairs the magic of machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast.  Watch this short video to learn more about how you can use this cool tool.